From the busy lanes of Interstate 5 connecting communities from San Clemente to Anaheim to the winding paths of the 405 Freeway facilitating travel between Irvine and Long Beach, Orange County’s thoroughfares and cultural hubs witness a variety of consumer activities every day. In this environment, unfortunate accidents can occur, leading to personal injuries that may have profound consequences. When you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident or incident due to another party’s negligence, you need a trusted Orange County personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of personal injury law and will ensure your rights are protected.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our commitment goes beyond legal representation; we are here to provide compassionate and personalized support during what may be one of the most challenging times you and your family face. Don’t embark on this legal journey alone—trust our expert personal injury lawyer to guide you toward justice and fair compensation.
Why Choose Wilshire Law Firm for Your Orange County Personal Injury Claim?
When looking at personal injury firms, it’s important to consider a law firm with the track record and resources to handle your claim successfully with compassion and professionalism. Wilshire Law Firm’s award-winning team of personal injury attorneys is backed by a legal staff of nearly 100 employees, most of whom are fully bilingual.
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. You may be unable to get around due to events related to your personal injury claim. That’s why we’re available to travel to you at the time and place of your choosing. Additionally, our Orange County offices are centrally and conveniently located at 1940 W. Orangewood Suite #110 in the City of Orange.
Since opening our doors in 2007, our personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients. We have won numerous life-changing six and seven-figure settlements and verdicts during this time.
We attribute our winning track record to more than just hard work. Besides providing aggressive legal representation, we also have the resources to use the latest cutting-edge technology. When necessary, we can present computer-animated accident scene, and medical procedure reconstructions. This, plus our panel of experts, helps our lawyers present our clients’ cases in the strongest way possible.
Types of Orange County Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Wilshire Law Firm, we handle a variety of personal injury cases, including:
Motor Vehicle Accidents in Orange County
Orange County is notorious for its incredibly large roadways and thoroughfares. With motor vehicles, including passenger cars and commercial trucks, comprising the main form of transportation in this county, the volume of cars on the road inevitably means an increase in the volume of accidents. Not only are motorists at risk, so are others who share the road, including passengers of public transit or rideshare vehicles, motorcycle riders, bicycle riders, and pedestrians.
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian Accidents
Premises Liability in Orange County
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility that property owners or occupiers have for injuries or accidents that occur on their premises. The basic premise is that property owners owe a duty of care to individuals who enter their property, and if they fail to maintain a safe environment or adequately warn of potential hazards, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. This area of law covers a wide range of settings, including homes, businesses, public spaces, and more. Some types of premises liability cases we handle include:
Product Liability in Orange County
Product liability refers to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers for injuries or damages caused by defective or unsafe products. When a product is sold to consumers, there is an implicit expectation that it is reasonably safe for its intended use. If a product has design defects, manufacturing defects, or lacks proper warnings and instructions, and these issues lead to harm or injury, the parties involved in bringing the product to market may be held liable. Some product liability cases we handle include:
Wrongful Death in Orange County
Wrongful death refers to a legal claim brought against a party whose negligent or intentional actions resulted in the death of another person. In such cases, the surviving family members or beneficiaries of the deceased person may file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses. Wrongful death claims can arise from various circumstances, including but not limited to car accidents, workplace accidents, and defective products. Damages awarded in a wrongful death claim are meant to cover funeral and burial expenses, potential earnings the deceased would have earned, and compensation for the loss of the deceased’s love, companionship, and financial support.
Types of Injuries We Handle
Accidents and incidents caused by another party’s negligence can result in serious injuries. Our personal injury attorneys in Orange County handle cases involving injuries, such as:
- Catastrophic injury
- Wrongful death
- Back injury
- Burn injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injury
- Orthopedic injury
- Paraplegia/quadriplegia injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Whiplash injury
Even if your injury is not on this list, we want to hear from you. We can help determine if you have grounds to bring a personal injury claim and seek financial compensation for your losses. Our job is to guide you through the litigation process and help you seek the justice you rightfully deserve.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
In personal injury cases, establishing the other party’s negligence is crucial for a successful claim. Negligence refers to a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would under similar circumstances, resulting in harm to another person. To prove negligence, four key elements generally need to be established:
- Duty of Care: This element involves showing that the defendant (the party being accused of negligence) owed a legal duty of care to the plaintiff (the injured party). A duty of care is a responsibility to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to others.
- Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached or violated the duty of care owed to them. This breach typically involves the failure to act in a way that a reasonable person would have under similar circumstances. It may include actions taken or omitted that directly contributed to the harm suffered by the plaintiff.
- Causation: Causation involves establishing a direct link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. There are two key components of causation:
- Cause in Fact (Actual Cause): The plaintiff must show that, but for the defendant’s actions or negligence, the injury would not have occurred.
- Proximate Cause (Legal Cause): Even if the defendant’s actions were a factual cause, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the harm was a foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions.
- Damages: The final element is proving that the plaintiff suffered actual damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Damages can include physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of income, or property damage.
What if I’m Partly to Blame for My Injuries?
In personal injury cases, the concept of comparative negligence comes into play when the injured party (plaintiff) shares some degree of fault for their own injuries. Comparative negligence is a legal doctrine some states follow that allocates damages based on the proportion of fault each party bears. This means that even if the plaintiff contributed to their injuries, they may still be entitled to compensation, but the amount could be reduced to reflect their level of responsibility.
This approach allows for a fair and proportional distribution of responsibility for the injuries. It acknowledges that multiple parties may contribute to an accident, and individuals should be held accountable based on their respective levels of fault.
How Comparative Negligence Works
Under comparative negligence, if a plaintiff is found to be partially at fault for their injuries, the court determines the percentage of fault assigned to each party involved. Then, the plaintiff’s total recoverable damages are then reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, if a plaintiff is awarded $100,000 in damages but is found to be 30% at fault, their final award would be reduced to $70,000 ($100,000 – 30%).
Many states that follow the comparative negligence rule cap damages at 50% or 51%, meaning that if a plaintiff is 50% or 51% at fault for their injuries (depending on the state’s rule), they cannot recover any damages.
However, California follows a more generous “pure” comparative negligence standard. Under this standard, a plaintiff can still recover damages even if they are predominantly at fault for the incident. However, the amount of compensation they receive is reduced by the percentage of their own fault. So, theoretically, even if you are found to be 99% at fault for your injuries, you can still recover damages. However, you’ll only get 1% of the award.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for Orange County Personal Injury Victims?
The compensation available to a personal injury victim is broken down into three main categories, known as damages. They are:
Special or Compensatory Damages
This category of damages is intended to compensate the victim for all of their unexpected expenses due to their accident. It’s relatively easy to come up with a dollar amount when attempting to calculate compensatory damages. A personal injury lawyer can help you by adding up the paper trail of:
- Medical care and/or treatment– This includes reimbursement for doctor and hospital bills, ongoing treatment and, if applicable, long-term care and rehabilitation costs.
- Lost income/lost future income– If the injuries were severe enough that the victim was forced to stop working, they are entitled to compensation for the time they were away from their job while they recovered. If the injuries were severe enough to cause permanent or long-term disability to the victim, they may be entitled to compensation for lost future income. This compensation can be for the rest of the person’s life.
- Property Damage– This provides compensation for the repair or replacement of a vehicle damaged in an accident.
- Burial and Funeral Expenses– If the accident resulted in the death of the victim, the next of kin may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses.
This category of damages is more difficult to calculate because there are no bills or estimates to add up. This category compensates the victim for the emotional toll they’ve been subjected to as a result of the accident. They include:
- Pain and Suffering– Although this category compensates the personal injury victim for their physical pain, it also includes compensation for the mental anguish, anxiety, depression and/or anger they may be experiencing.
- Mental Anguish– If the accident was particularly traumatic, the victim may be entitled to damages for mental anguish. This can include compensation for life-altering injuries, such as paralysis or disfigurement, or witnessing the death of a loved one in the accident.
- Loss of Consortium – If the victim was killed in the accident, their spouse may be entitled to this category of damages. It compensates the surviving spouse for the unexpected physical, emotional, and financial loss of the deceased.
- Loss of Companionship– Like loss of consortium, this compensates the nearest family member of the deceased for the unexpected physical, emotional, and in some cases, the financial loss of a loved one.
- Punitive Damages– In rare circumstances, the accident victim may be entitled to punitive damages. If the person who caused the accident acted in an especially reckless or irresponsible manner, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to special and general damages.
What is the Time Frame for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Orange County?
In Orange County, as well as the entire state of California, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim against the person or entity whose wrongful act or negligence caused your injuries. It doesn’t matter what type of injury claim it is. Whether it be a car accident, motorcycle accident, or slip and fall, it’s still two years.
It’s important that you file within this deadline. Failure to do so means you cannot recover compensation through the courts. Keep in mind there are rare exceptions that may shorten or lengthen this timeframe. A lawyer can determine whether your case is still within the statute of limitations and ensure your case is filed on time.
Do I Need an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer?
After an accident that causes you or a loved one to be injured, you should hire an Orange personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you recover the maximum compensation for your damages. Here are five reasons to choose Wilshire Law Firm:
Personal Injury Cases are our Primary Focus
Our firm focuses primarily on personal injury law, and we have a winning track record, having recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in the past. When you choose us, you’re getting some of the leading personal injury lawyers in the region, state, and nation. We’re the law firm in Orange that you want on your side.
We Strive to Maximize Your Compensation
A personal injury attorney in Orange can help maximize your settlement. The extent of your damages may be deeper than you think. Additionally, calculating the monetary value of your losses on your own can be very challenging and confusing. Leave this to the professionals.
Insurance Companies Are Not On Your Side
Most insurance companies are self-serving and focus only on their profit. An Orange personal injury lawyer at Wilshire Law Firm will not only have your best interests at heart, but we will also treat you like family from the moment we answer your phone call.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
In a contingency fee arrangement, the experienced personal injury lawyer agrees to accept a percentage of the recovery, or the final settlement paid to the client. This means if we help an injury victim win their accident case, our fee comes out of the money awarded to them – there are no upfront or surprise fees attached.
We Are Here For You 24/7
We offer free, round-the-clock consultations. If you believe you have a personal injury case on your hands due to someone else’s negligence or otherwise, please give us a call at (855) 907 0163 to speak to someone within seconds. The time you delay your call can impact your final recovery amount, so don’t delay.
Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm Today
Accident-related injuries affect not just the injured person but their entire family. Your life can suddenly be thrown into physical, emotional, and financial upheaval. Wilshire Law Firm can help. Our team of skilled legal professionals will handle your case in a compassionate, professional manner so you have one less thing to worry about while you recover.
When you hire us, we treat you like family and we are always on your side to take action against manipulative insurance companies and big corporations. Our No. 1 priority is resolving your legal issues with as little stress and hassle on your end as possible. It is important to us that you feel heard and have high-quality legal representation as an injured victim.